Mz Mahogany Chic, media sponsor of the 2013 5th Annual DC RAWards, is giving you a taste of each semi-finalist. In this interview we had a chance to talk chic with fashion designer Titi Wreh of Chez Kevito.
How did you come up with the name Chez Kevito? Does it have any significant meaning?
Chez Kevito means literally “House of Kevito” and is of French origin. “Kevito” is derived from the name combination of my son (Kevin), my mother’s name (Victoria) and my name (Titi). Initially I chose Keviti, but it became Kevito.
Coming from such a practical background what drew your interest to fashion design?
An essentially self-taught designer and artisan, my mother taught me to sew by hand at the age of ten. My goal has always been to create one of a kind, timeless designs which encompass the heart and passion of every woman who feels pretty on the inside, but has difficulty finding a great fit and style on the exterior.
What has been one of your biggest challenge as a fashion designer?
As a fashion designer in a metropolitan area, the biggest challenge is standing out in a sea of upcoming talent while also compete with the cut-throat pricing of department stores at every corner.
If you were designing a look from head to toe, what are some of your favorite fashion, hair and make-up trends you would include to execute a stunning look?
Whatever your style and whatever the occasion finding something perfect from Chez Kevito is a cinch! A head-to-toe look would include a French braid; Black and White Color Block Dress; a silver beaded, crocheted necklace; and clear heels. Classy and clean.
If you had the opportunity to work as creative director at any major fashion house, which would it be and why?
Diane von Fürstenberg would have to be my choice. The icon behind the brand is a fashion-forward mother who embraces technology while maintain tradition. I think we would get along well.
Why do you deserve to be Fashion Designer of the year?
Regardless of size, shape or economics, I want to give every woman a chance to look phenomenal. I am a single mother living my dreams and using my gift to inspire others. It was a slow process, many years and a lot of creativity was put into play to materialize this idea. I think I have what it takes to win!
Thank you Titi for taking the time out for this interview. We are wishing you all the best!
Get more information about the 5th Annual RAWards Event here.